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Read my full review on the Black Plum Tomato and see what makes this tomato special...

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  Mark Valencia — Hello Mesut, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I'm sorry our comment system gave you trouble it can be a little fickle I must admit and I am always trying to improve it to make commenting easier but at least you were able to eventually get through! The black plum tomato is one of my ......
  Mesut gursoy — Great article, my previous comment could not be placed here, don't know why (I might have done a mistake).. I will start my own plantation next year and black plum tomatoes will be one of the first vegetables to try. I hope I can find seeds in my country. I'm not sure if I buy trough eBay. I've read......
  Mesut Gursoy — I love the article and will try to plant next spring (I'm a bit late for this year I beleive) we don't have the seeds in my country. I'm planning to order from eBay, hope I can get it. Thank you for the tips. Besides, I've been reading your articles and wathing the videos. Finished them all) they ar......

Citrus bud mites are a bad bug to have in the garden.

Rose scale can affect many food plants and ornamentals.

olive pest lace bug beign attacked by a spider

The backyard garden is so much more than just a one dimensional food producing mechanism. It's a jungle out there where nature makes the rules and the use of chemicals isn't one of them...

The dreaded cabbage white butterfly's offspring can destroy crops... 

This beautiful shiny little fella is a good find in your garden!

 

The lacewing is one of the good guys in the garden

The European honey bee has been one of the major influences of mankind.

 

 

Use poo in the garden but the plants still aren't thriving - here's why?

Here are 15 tips to help grow large tomato varieties!

Loquats ripen when fruit fly go bye bye...

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Danie, even though dragon fruit is a cactus plant and can survive dry conditions for long periods it still does like regular water (similar to most fruit trees) so in ground (once established) once a week and in pot probably 2-3 times ensuring the pot has really good drainage because the base wil......
  Danie — Mark, About how afton do you water your dragon fruit plant? Thanks Danie...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Mel, that's a good question! Yes a Dragon Fruit vine would climb or could be trained up a wire strand trellis such as the one you described; however, the best way is to position the vine at the base of a post so it can grow right up it. The reason being is the plant will get quite heavy once it......

preping garden bed with hoe

When really is the best time to grow and plant your food garden? This post explains the importance of ascertaining the "window of growing opportunity" for your own location and climate.

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks Kate! :smile:...
  Kate — Great Info Mark ...

Results speak for themselves, so go inside and read this exclusive (to Self Sufficient Me) fertiliser trial to see which fertiliser YOU should be using. 

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  Steve — Thanks Werner and Mark. Much appreciated....
  Werner Suhr — Hello Steve,a product that I use professionally in private gardens and in public display gardens is Organic Xtra. It is not the same as the one used in the trial, but if you look at the product analysis, you will see that it has more oomph than the one used in the trial. I think its made by a Queens......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Steve, thanks for you comment! I have forwarded your question onto Werner (the author of the article/test)I'm sure if he can't name the product directly he will "point you in the right direction" about what he used in his testing. The other way we can do this is by discussing the results away fro......

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